Name: The Giant Zelkova of Kitamukada (北向田のケヤキ)
Type: Japanese Zelkova (Zelkowa serrata)
Trunk Circumference: 5.7m
Age: 600 years
Location: 栃木県那須郡那珂川町北向田 (36° 44′ 48″N 140° 08′ 59″E)
Date of Visit: 2011-8-13
Along National Road 293, directly west of Michi no Eki Batou, one can find Mukada Shrine. This neighbourhood is very cramped, and it’s difficult to get a car into the area where the shrine is. Luckily, the Michi no Eki has lots of parking spots, and a convenient stairway down to the level of the shrine. From the Michi no Eki, you can just make out the shape of this zelkova.
Heading down the steps at the southern end of the parking lot, the shrine is immediately adjacent.
Mukada Shrine was established in Tembun 11 (天文１１年, 1542). According to the information boards, this zelkova must have already been here at that time, though in a much, much younger form. It seems safe to say that the tree was not planted at the time of the shrine establishment.
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